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Michael Jackson's body released to family as funeral planning begins

June 27, 2009 |  7:09 am

The Los Angeles County coroner's office has released the body of Michael Jackson to a mortuary as his family finalized plans for a funeral. 

The office completed an autopsy of the singer Friday, but listed the cause of death as “deferred” until more tests are done.

Los Angeles Police Department sources said officials have been talking to the Jackson family about plans for a memorial, which is likely to take place in the L.A. area. The LAPD is involved in the planning because it's likely to be mobbed by fans.

Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey said that there is no evidence of foul play or “exterior trauma” but that more toxicology and other tests will take several weeks. 

Harvey provided few other details about the autopsy, including what drugs were found in Jackson's body.

 “We know he was taking some prescription medications,” Harvey told reporters.

Jackson was stricken Thursday at his Holmby Hills home and died of what his brother Jermaine Jackson said was cardiac arrest.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Rong-Gong Lin II

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